The CCS Battle Builders are celebrating an awesome rookie season of competition in the FIRST Lego League. They competed against teams in the Central Florida region at pre-qualifier, qualifier and regional championship tournaments. Students, aged 9 to 14, work together to research a real-world engineering challenge and develop an innovative solution, which is creatively presented to a panel of judges. They also design, build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to perform autonomous missions on a playing field.
This year’s challenge – INTO ORBIT – tasked teams with identifying a physical or social problem faced by humans in long duration space exploration and designing a solution. The team designed, “Springworks”, to address the issue of muscular atrophy in astronauts. Their innovative brace design combined spring resistance and electrical stimulus for a more effective and efficient way to combat the weakening in the astronauts’ major muscles.
Battle Builders team members, Katie Claire Adkins, Michael Barbour, Drake Gossett, Luke Gossett, Josiah Kiss, Sam Larson”, Sydney Turner and Samyra Wood applied math, engineering and science concepts, as well as developed critical thinking, teamwork and presentation skills. They worked hard and qualified for the Central Florida Regional Championship, hosted by Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL on February 17th. This was a great accomplishment as a rookie team!
The team would like to thank parents, Circle Christian School, Mrs. Dianne Richardson, Mrs. Carrie Udowychenko, Mrs. Freddi Wood, R.J. Wood, Trinity Wood, Hunter Udowychenko and Alexis Udowychenko for all they did to start and support the team!